Plans submitted for coal-burning power plant

Plans for a coal-fired power plant intended to use carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at the existing Drax Power Station site near Selby, North Yorkshire, have been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

The existing power plant at Drax (pic David Locke via Flickr)
The existing power plant at Drax (pic David Locke via Flickr)

The technology intended for use at the proposed 448 MW power plant, known as oxyfuel combustion, burns fuel in a way which results in combustion gases being high in CO2.

This allows the CO2 produced to be captured and then piped for storage so it cannot enter the atmosphere and contribute to climate change.

According to the scheme’s backer, Capture Power Limited, which includes energy group Alstom, power station operator Drax and gas company BOC, the plant would capture approximately 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year, around 90 per cent of all CO2 emissions produced by the plant.

The CO2 would be transported through National Grid’s proposed pipeline for permanent undersea storage in the North Sea.

Plans for the pipeline were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in June 2014.


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